With an eye on a possible new generation of treatments for allergies, dermatologists at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new way to treat the condition that’s been dubbed “medical textile” and which doctors have described as a way to “reduce the chances of allergies becoming an issue.”
According to a new report, “Medical Textile Hygiene” combines the traditional treatment of “skin-care” with “medical hygiene” to treat skin allergies.
The new system uses a “tissue-based approach” that’s similar to “surgical wound care,” which uses skin-care items that “remove debris, remove oils and prevent bacteria.”
The new treatment uses an approach that has been developed for years by scientists at the Johns Hopkins University and the University at Albany, New York, who first identified an allergy to latex in 2013.
This is not the first time scientists have developed medical textile-based treatments.
In the late 1990s, scientists at Duke University and Stony Brook University developed “mild-to-moderate” treatments that used “skin care items” to remove the buildup of dead skin cells and oil, which then helped the patient feel less uncomfortable.
The new system involves using a “surface-based” approach to treat allergy symptoms.
In a new study, published in the journal “Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy” and titled “Medical textile hygiene: A novel approach to skin allergies,” researchers say that “the surface-based system can treat skin allergy symptoms in the short term without using systemic antibiotics or systemic therapies.”
The researchers said the skin-based treatment was tested in a small number of patients who developed symptoms after taking the new skin-applying skin-cleansing medications.
“The skin-application method has been effective for the treatment of skin allergy in the past,” they wrote.
“In addition, the surface-derived treatment was more effective than topical application of the medication.”
The study found that the new treatment is “well tolerated” and “has a low chance of causing skin allergy complications, especially if used as directed.”
The study authors said that the patient’s symptoms could also be treated with other topical treatments, like vitamin C or emollients, “or with systemic medications.”
“These treatments can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of a skin allergy and may be a useful alternative to systemic treatment.”
The authors did not provide a reason for the use of the new system, but a 2016 study of “medical textile hygiene” by Dr. William L. Smith, a professor of dermatology at the National Institutes of Health, found that “skin cleansing and cosmetic treatments with or without topical agents have been shown to have the potential to reduce the risk of developing allergic dermatitis or atopic dermatitis.”